We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

The Benefits of Pumpkin for Your Cat and Dog

It is that time of year again when pumpkin spice takes over our food and drinks! Did you know that pumpkin is not only good for you, but it can also be incredibly beneficial for your cat and dog too?! Pumpkin has many nutrients, including vitamin A, zinc, potassium and vitamin C. All of which can contribute to a number of health issues your cat or dog may have.

-Pumpkin can be a huge help to your dog’s health and can ensure they have healthy, normal poops. Surprisingly pumpkin has the unique ability to help aid in both constipation and diarrhea. The fibre helps with constipation, and the pumpkin itself can add bulk and form to your dog’s poop.

-Vitamin A and zinc can help improve your pet’s skin and coat. In addition to making your pet’s coat shine, the added moisture causes the skin to flake less and less hair to shed! Your carpets, furniture and clothing will thank you for adding some much-needed pumpkin to your pet’s diet.

-The potassium in pumpkin can help regulate blood pressure, improves muscle health and can even assist in metabolism.

-Having trouble getting your dog to lose a couple of pounds? Replacing a bit of your dog’s regular food with some pumpkin can aid in your pet’s weight loss. The fibre and water in the pumpkin will keep them full even if they are eating fewer calories.

-The high moisture content of pumpkin easily adds more water to your pet’s diet.

-And of course, Pumpkin tastes great! So, there is no need to add anything to it. Simply add the plain pumpkin to your pet’s regular meal, and they are sure to love it and gobble it up!

If you are buying canned pumpkin from the store, be sure to get plain pumpkin. No need for any added fats and spices. Halloween is just around the corner, and there will undoubtedly be an abundance of pumpkins around! Instead of throwing out your carved pumpkin after the trick or treaters have made their rounds you can cut it in half and cook it in the oven. Wait for it to cool then you can spoon out all that healthy pumpkin and throw away the skin. A great way to store the excess pumpkin would be to cube it up, put it into baggies, and store it in the freezer for treats all year round.

Talk to your veterinarian about how much pumpkin to safely give your pet since it will vary depending on your pet’s size and current diet.

Written By: Alaina Langford, ACA

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital